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12-07-2004 05:30 AM  13 years agoPost 1
KC

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this is a fullsize airplane, there is no engine either!

http://www.abbotsfordairshow.com/2003/manfredradius.jpg

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12-07-2004 05:40 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Ted Toth

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It is amazing what a good glider pilot can do
in a competition ship

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You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stopped laughing.

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12-07-2004 09:53 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Taipan

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But can he do touch 'n' goes?

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12-07-2004 06:29 PM  13 years agoPost 4
hepsibar

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Think you need to change the wind direction for this to work - Nice kite trick.

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12-07-2004 07:19 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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I can't remember his name for the life of me, however when we have airshows here at Pax, there is a gent who comes down and does several shows over the weekend and is incredible, however, he does a night show on Friday evening with wingtip flares and smoke and he does the limbo routine at night with only the tops of the poles illuminated. German name, I do believe.

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"There are those who have...and, those who will" IRCHA #2117, AMA #70068, Turbine Waiver #105

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12-07-2004 07:49 PM  13 years agoPost 6
KC

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Manfred Radius, and he's a nut

I think the photo was taken at Abbotsford 2003.

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12-07-2004 09:29 PM  13 years agoPost 7
cdrking

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12-08-2004 03:35 AM  13 years agoPost 8
rcheliheaddaz

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WOW looking at this still it took me a while to figure out that the pilot is flying in from the right to cut the ribbon. With the way the picture turned out it looks as if the darn thing is hanging on the line then of course the wind would make you realy confused because it would have been hanging from the other side.
Hepsibar: I thought the same at first. But managed to work it out. Shame you didn't hold on the Kite trick theory

Nice pic all the same.

Darren.

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12-08-2004 04:21 AM  13 years agoPost 9
JitsuGuy

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Next to Helicotpers, aerobatic gliders are the next coolest thing in my book.

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12-08-2004 05:53 PM  13 years agoPost 10
I3DM

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does anyone have a video of this guy's demo ? should be interesting !!

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12-08-2004 09:58 PM  13 years agoPost 11
hepsibar

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rcheliheaddaz

Thanks for the cheek but-

If you are to pay a little attention then you will see that I knew it was not actually a 'kite trick' as I had mentioned the flag blowing the wrong way for this to work.

The thing that is most bizare is not the fact that a pilot would pull off such a low level stunt in a glider of all things, but the fact that six idiots would volunteer to stand around during the stunt holding poles etc!

PS the pilot has a very small head and probably brain too - definately a case of more balls than brains.

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12-10-2004 06:18 AM  13 years agoPost 12
rcsoar4fun

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I have met Manfred and seen him fly. He is a little guy The show is certainly one to not be missed. He normally does a night show before his day show that is pretty cool with fireworks. The airplane is a Start+Flug Salto, one of my favs. Amazingly smooth pilots, but on more than one occasion I had heard people at an airshow say there is no way it doesn't have a motor...

Kristopher

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12-10-2004 06:38 AM  13 years agoPost 13
Rotorhead

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PS the pilot has a very small head and probably brain too - definately a case of more balls than brains.
It always amazes me how little some people in this hobby know about aviation They are the ones doing "tricks" while the rest fly manuevers I

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12-11-2004 03:43 PM  13 years agoPost 14
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hepsibar,

If consistency is a mark of one's expertise in something, this guy would be dead a long time ago if he was flying by that largely inconsistent decision making organ you so accuse him to think with....he isn't

hint, a powered plane could chug along level into and out of it, but a glider must dive into it and pop back up......get the idea?

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12-11-2004 08:57 PM  13 years agoPost 15
hepsibar

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KC
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Manfred Radius, and he's a nut!

Hmmn

I think you are missing the point with my comments. Yes you are correct in a way and what I said was in good jest and humour but ponder this.

In the sports I have competed in with any success ( windsurfing, mountain biking, free diving) the winner who gets consistant good scores/ results will always win over all but... why do they win so consistantly?

Answer.....Because they have big balls!

Is the simple answer (metaphorically speaking that is).

They are willing to try things others would freak out at. They stay calm under pressure, they are happy and relaxed when others are a bundle of nerves, they will push that little bit faster, harder lower, higher, deeper because, they are competitive, they are different, they no no limits, pushing the envelope is what they do, they are able to take risks but they are calculated, and yes you are correct, they are nuts and you got it, I'm right and they definately have got big balls!

Oh and ps

Having big balls has nothing to do with a persons academic ability, IQ etc but it does have an affect on their decision making process! - It allows them to break later, dive lower, go faster.....

Nuff said

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12-12-2004 12:31 AM  13 years agoPost 16
KC

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its only balls the first few times

anyways I'm glad you like the photo, I love this photo, just waiting for abbotsford 2005, so I can see this trick for real.

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12-12-2004 03:24 AM  13 years agoPost 17
rcsoar4fun

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Say what you want about natural endowment, you still have to be a little loony to do something like this. Helps in mountain biking too

Kristopher

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